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I need the advice of some of the pros in the forum here.
I am 300 hour pilot with my instrument rating. I fly a new Garmin 1000 equipped C-182. Iâ€™ve got big aspirations and want to move up to something bigger and faster after I feel a little more comfortable with things and feel that itâ€™s safe. I fly for business and pleasure and plan to log quite a bit of hours in the next 12 months. (Iâ€™m hoping 200+) My average trip is usually a short one with a few friends, but I am starting to take longer 5 hour + trips and expect to do so 2-3 times a month, weather permitting.
I have a couple of questions and wanted to see what everyoneâ€™s opinions are.
Which ratings should I be looking at next? Iâ€™m not sure whether I want to go for my commercial, or multi license? I also would feel better about myself if I got my CFI and CFII. What order should I be trying to knock these out in? Iâ€™m not looking to fly professionally, but do think I would benefit from the commercial ticket. Currently Iâ€™m working through some aerobatics training to pass the time and give my brain a rest from all of the hard core studying that I had to do for my instrument rating.
Next, Iâ€™m not sure what I want to move into after this 182. I love this plane and feel safe in it, but I want to move into something higher end when the time is right. I eventually want to move into some much bigger and better hardware (when the time is right). The end goal is to land myself in a turboprop like a Meridian, Pilatus, or King Air. (I know this is going to take time). Should I be looking to work into something like a high end single like a Saratoga, or should I be looking to build multi hours in a low end twin such as a Seminole? I am not sure what would be the best route for the next plane.
Has anyone gone through this before, and if so what is the road you would recommend?
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